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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The morning after...

the driveway

tomato damage

smithereens of rainbow swiss chard

pounded cukes

luffa

sweet potato
OUCH!

Until next time, remember, this is not paradise.  It's Purgatory Ranch.

Hail

It IS May, no?

We managed to drive out of the range of the beating our house took last night.
Here's what we saw on the way home...


Until next time, remember, this is not paradise.  It's Purgatory Ranch.

And so it begins...

A strange summer this is, to be sure.

Wheat is ready to harvest in the fields on our way to the land.

Grasshoppers are devouring green in hordes.  Truly, I don't remember seeing a fraction of the number of grasshoppers in years past.  A consequence of a mild winter, I suppose.

Our onions are the largest I've ever managed to grow, which is a pleasant surprise after several rows of starts were swept away in the heavy (and frequent) spring rains.  So far, we've harvested a little over 2 pounds of onions, some due to hoeing mishaps.  (We are quite good at mishaps this year!)
First onions hanging in the basement
In March, we planted some well-sprouted potatoes remaining from last year's bounty as a "children's garden," hoping that being involved from planting to harvest would help our kids weed a little more with us.  Last Friday, due to grasshopper ravages and general dying off, we opted to harvest three rows.  From three rows, 30 pounds of lovely, well-formed, scabless potatoes.  Some plants were discovered to have both red and white potatoes growing.

Potatoes with green skin or hoeing damage
Our "USE ASAP" pile

Medium to large potatoes

Baby potatoes
Until next time, remember, this is not paradise.  It's Purgatory Ranch.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Potato Update

Grasshoppers are devouring potato foliage.  Plants nearest the edges of the beds are leafless, and we'll probably harvest them next week before we lose sight of where the denuded plants are.

The All-Blues look fabulous, strong, and tall.  We're actually hilling potatoes this summer, and I'm hopeful that should increase our yields, barring destruction by the grasshoppers and emerging potato beetles.

Beautiful purple flowers and stems on our All-Blues.

Looking good!

Garlic, already browning, and tree onions


The south bed
Until next time, remember, this is not paradise.  It's Purgatory Ranch.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Man vs. Poison Ivy

Round 3

Tree onions
Their tops remind me of aliens.

Boy-who-likes-to-crawl-through-potatoes

Break time

Baby blankets make awesome face guards

when you're scalping the grass to keep down
poison resistant poison ivy
Apparently, little girls' dresses are equally effective





Thanks, gentlemen.

Until next time, remember, this is not paradise.
It's Purgatory Ranch.